Autumn brings lots of tasty temptations like Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and holiday cookies. It also marks National Diabetes Month in November, a good reminder for those with diabetes to watch what they eat and keep their blood sugar under control.
People with diabetes also need to check their feet on a daily basis. Small problems, if left untreated, can turn into big problems that require major medical interventions. To prevent this, it’s a good idea for diabetics to get regular checkups at our office.
If you have diabetes and feel leg pain at night, or after exercise or walking, that could indicate a blocked artery. Get medical attention right away.
You can also support a family member who has diabetes by encouraging them to do the following checks, or offering to help with them:
• Look for toes which appear pink, red or purplish, which may be a sign of poor circulation.
• Notice any corns or calluses caused by shoe friction, but don’t trim these due to the risk of injury or infection.